Ameba (Ameblo) Ameblo is a very popular blogging platform because the system is easy to use, and it benefits from a sizable established community. According to
Pigg itself is a complex network that allows you to create, dress and socialize with other members of Ameblo. You can go shopping with Amebla's virtual currency and buy clothing or items. What is cool is that the services are inter-connected. If I go on Pigg and buy a new set of clothes, then my avatar picture on my blog is also updated with those new items. Ameba also offers groups,
Ameba Gold - Virtual Currency Ameba Gold is a virtual currency concept in which you can build your wealth through actively blogging or participating in their various services. For instance, I see my wife often buying virtual gifts for a fellow blogger with the currency she acquired. You make your gold by blogging, answering questions at their Q&A platform and by adding affiliate links to your website. There are many incentives to making gold on Ameba. Here are just a few of the ways in which you can use gold: - Buy virtual gifts for friends - Buy and play fun games that Ameba provides - Remove advertisements from your blog - Increase the file upload size for photos on your blog - Exchange Ameba gold for real Japanese yen. The last feature is of particular interest. The fact that you can engage in social networking activity and exchange that for real currency is obviously very appealing. I don't think you can make a fortune, but it certainly encourages participation.
Integrated Affiliate Marketing Ameblo is already tied up with the major affiliate players such as ValueCommerce and A8 in Japan. Within their text editor, there is a button for affiliate ads that brings out a search for various affiliate advertisements. You can quickly do a search for any subject and copy and paste a relevant advertisement into your blog post.
Emoticons (^_^) Japanese are all about emoticons. Here is a typical blog post in Japan.
Lots of smiles, hearts and kisses. We don't see this in the US but it is pretty important feature to have in social networking in Japan. Ameblo offers a system to include emoticons straight from the text editor. You can easily search and find whatever emotion you are looking for. They also took it one step further and allowed users to create their own emoticon and publish it to the network. As result, Ameblo has an unlimited supply of user created emoticons. Peta (footprint) Ameblo also integrates the concept of leaving a footprint on a blog that you visited. This is something like poking in Facebook. It is a way to interact with other bloggers on the network and let them know that you visited a blog. Ameba makes footprinting, known as Peta, easy by allowing you to add a footprinting button anywhere within your blog post.